Wednesday, June 25, 2014

6/25-Larry Van Aalst talks to Galen McCorkle / Pat Ross & Kaveh Azari

Galen McCorkle / Pat Ross - Jackson Family Wines & Matanzas Creek Winery
Galen is with Jackson Family Wines and will be bringing Pat Ross from Matanzas Creek Winery with her. Pat will tell us about the spectacular Lavender Festival held at the winery every year, and Galen will fill us in on the other great events coming up over the summer at The Family Wineries.

Azari Vineyards is one of the new wineries in Sonoma County.
Located in the Petaluma Gap, they are producing a number of different wines
and getting very good press. Kaveh, son of the  owners will be with us to talk about the wines , and the wonder of the Petaluma Gap.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

6/11-Larry Van Aalst talks to Chris Russi & Dan Wildermuth

Chris Russi - Winemaker, Comstock Wines
One of the newest wineries in Dry Creek, Comstock Wines, has chosen a Sonoma County Star, Chris Russi as it's winemaker. Honing his skills around the world, Chris was most recently with Thomas George Estates, and Christopher Creek . We will talk about Comstock , gearing up for the Fall of 2014 , and the huge task of a new winery startup.

Dan Wildermuth - Rodney Strong Vineyards
Part of the amazing team at Rodney Strong Vineyards, Dan will be with us to talk about their great wines , but also to preview one of the best Wine Country Events of the year, Wine Country Weekend.
Dan will tell us about the involvement by Rodney Strong in the Labor Day Weekend  festival,and what to expect this year.

5/28-Larry Van Aalst visits with Steve Falk & Erik Miller

Steve Falk - CEO, Sonoma Media
As CEO for Sonoma Media, Steve is the Publisher of Northern California Wine Country's most read newspaper. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat has readers all over the North Bay Area, and is the long standing go to for world and local news. With a background in publishing , Steve worked on the start up of USA Today, and was the former publisher of The San Francisco Chronicle. We will be talking about The North Coast Wine Challenge , a one of a kind Wine Competition , recently held in Santa Rosa.

Erik Miller - Winemaker & Partner, Kokomo Winery
Winemaker and partner in Kokomo Winery , Erik is one of the young stars in Sonoma County. Raised and schooled in Indiana , Erik is living the dream , and just won a sweepstakes award at The North Coast Wine Challenge.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

5/14-Larry Van Aalst talks to Duskie Estes & Mac McDonald

Duskie Estes - Chef & Principle, Zazu Restaurant
Chef and a principle in Zazu Restaurant in Sebastopol California, Duskie has an affinity for pork and has become recognized across
the nation for her "snout to tail" approach" in dealing with the perfect pairing for the great Sonoma County Pinot Noirs. Recently on both the Food Channel , and PBS in both Chefs a Field, and A Moveable Feast , Duskie is becoming a national treasure in her field, and is without question a sparkling gem in Sonoma County's culinary scene.

Mac McDonald - Owner, Vision Cellars
Mac and his wife Lil , are the owners of Vision Cellars in the heart of The Russian River AVA in Sonoma County. From son of a moonshine maker in Texas to making some of the best Pinot Noir around, Mac has stories to delight all wine lovers. Mac and Duskie , mentioned above, have a mutual admiration for each other, producing food and wine that are meant for each other. We will talk about Pinot Noir , Pork , and living the good life in Sonoma.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

4/30-Larry Van Aalst talks with Sarah Cummings & Dan Barwick

Sarah Cummings -  CEO, Sonoma Marin Fair
New to the Sonoma Marin Fair , Sarah is the CEO , and oversees one of the best family events in all of California. Sarah will be with us to share the charm and good times to be had at a regional fair , and talk about the North of the Gate Wine Competition held last week, featuring wines from the AVAs north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Dan Barwick - Winemaker, Paradise Ridge
Winemaker for Paradise Ridge Winery keeps Dan in the Wine Country fast lane . One of CRN's Mike Horn's favorites, and our Santa Rosa studio's closest neighbor, Paradise Ridge produces a wide range of award winning wines , at one of the most beautiful facilities in all Sonoma County. 
Dan will tell us about the new releases and the 2014 vintage.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

4/16-Larry Van Aalst talks to Denise Gill & Alex Kanzler

Denise Gill - Alexander Valley Vineyards
Alexander Valley Vineyards has one of the most well know wine industry professionals on staff. Denise Gill works with the wine club members and promotes this great property. Alexander Valley Vineyards is in upper Sonoma County on Highway 128 and produces a wide range of exceptional wines. Denise will tell us about the new releases and the great times to be had at this hospitable winery.

Alex Kanzler - Assistant Winemaker, VML Winery
Assistant Winemaker for VML Winery , Alex works in one of the most beautiful spots in all Sonoma County. In the heart of the Pinot Noir World VML is producing world class wines. Alex will tell us the story of a young traveling winemaker who lands in a dream job.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

4/2-Larry Van Aalst talks with Robert Merletti & Mariah Clinton / Joel Bellagio

Robert Merletti - Chairman / Owner, Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine
As Chairman / Owner of Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine , Rob is at the helm of one of the most influential publications in all of Wine Country. Dealing mainly with the professional side of the wine industry, the magazine reports on all aspects of management, production and sales. Weather is in the news ,and we will also be talking about the wine competitions sponsored by VWM.

Mariah Clinton / Joel Bellagio - KRCB Auction
The big KRCB Auction is coming up and the local PBS station has treasures galore this year. Mariah and Joel are in charge of one of the great fund raising events in Northern California . We will be talking about some extraordinary auction lots up for grabs , and how you can follow this Wine Country extravaganza on line , and perhaps come away a winner.